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Poster: shiphappens Date: May 3, 2007 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Vietnam Protest Songs

Why do think the Dead decided not to cover the war in the music? My personal opinion is that there music, lifestyle was a protest so they did not really need to focus on it with lyrics.

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Poster: amosearle Date: May 3, 2007 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Vietnam Protest Songs

McNally's book paints the early Dead as intentionally apolitical, while still being willing to " help a brother out" by playing many benefit efforts under many banners.
They may not have been shrewd businessmen early on, but shrewd enough to know they were on thin enough ice so as not to take on the weight of giving the Band a political identity. Individual opinions may vary, but the Dead did know that they were about the music more than about trying to change what they could not. Trying to promote the psychedelic experience for a while, then leaving the Haight as the kids showed up and wrecked things by thinking it was all about drugs shows evidence of their being wise enough to avoid too much political baggage.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: May 3, 2007 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Vietnam Protest Songs

good question and an astute observation

perhaps they felt that we needed to evolve to a place where polarizations could be understood instead of vilified, which only perpetuates prejudices...in doing so, i think that they reached a lot more people on a deeper level

their songs, lyrics and instrumentation have helped many of us get through some perplexing experiences...

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Poster: rastamon Date: May 3, 2007 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Vietnam Protest Songs

I tend to believe Jerry understood the real threat of communism and retarded anarchists. He could grok the whole scene for what it was-some folks cool, some retards. He was a working man and the Dead turned people on to excellent music.
Besides, the Airplane & Country Joe had that corner of the market

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 3, 2007 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Vietnam Protest Songs

if i was tripping and worrying about being drafted, the Rev Gary's Death Don't Have No Mercy might have made me think about things - not that it is a protest song, per se.